[sword-devel] [bd-users] Map Idea

peter refdoc at gmx.net
Wed Mar 26 02:56:33 MST 2008

Carl Peterson wrote:
> On Mar 26, 2008, at 2:16 AM, Jonathan Morgan wrote:
>> It still hasn't solved your problem.  We can create map data in RDF
>> with little dificulty.  We can link it to verses with little
>> difficulty.  We can probably use that data with a tool like Google
>> Maps fairly easily, or draw maps using other methods with somewhat
>> more difficulty.  But we still need to add support for processing map
>> annotation data.  Just adding a generalised annotation framework
>> hasn't solved our specific case.  Developing a good UI to annotations
>> means more than showing the user that we have lots of KML data (or
>> other data) associated with this verse.  It means interpreting the
>> data in some way, and the way of interpreting it is likely to be
>> somewhat different for each kind of data.
> What about using something similar to the HTML image-map structure  
> for links, only use it to define geometries to plot to the image?  
> While a lot of discussion has been put toward using Google Maps or  
> Google Earth to display information, it may be easier to define a  
> static image (a base-map, which contains no annotations except  
> universal annotations such as scale and a north arrow) and  
> coordinates on that image to place points, lines, polygons or text.   
> Presumably, this would be tied to the text at the verse or paragraph  
> level, with some way of user-selecting which graphics are viewed  
> (similar to current mapping software).  Within a given context (such  
> as a chapter or a single narrative), all verse and/or paragraph-level  
> data would refer to the same base-map, so that objects can be  
> overlaid (such as using the same base-map for Joshua 13-21, so that  
> the "big picture" of the division of Canaan can be seen). This would  
> also move the feature away from a solution dependent on an internet  
> connection, which is not available everywhere where this feature  
> would be useful.

If you go one further step back from that - and simply create a static
map per chapter or book with all relevant points in it then it will work
already in most front ends right now.

And if you use SVG as image format rather than jpg it would be trivial
to translate these maps into various languages.

That is not what the original poster is after, but it would be a
wonderful ressource which would require no programming changes whatsoever.


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